Your journey begins with a stop to view the awe-inspiring Table Mountain before heading onward to the well known Spice Route, which borders the town of Paarl, and lastly the picturesque mountain valley known as Cederberg.
Crossing into Namibia, you are confronted by vast untouched desert landscapes before setting your eyes on the longest river in South Africa - the Orange River. Take a canoe trip and admire the breathtaking views. As you travel deeper into the Namib Desert, you will notice the slow changing landscapes which make Namibia so special. During the next few days, you will experience a magical sunrise over the iconic red dunes, enjoy adventure activities in Swakopmund, barter with the local Himba tribe living on the famous Skeleton Coast, and enjoy phenomenal game viewing in one of the world's finest game parks; the Etosha National Park. Here you have the opportunity of seeing desert-adapted elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, and various antelope. After a brief stop at the craft markets of Okahandja, your adventure ends in the bustling city of Windhoek. With a short orientation tour of the city, you are left to check into your accommodation and perhaps enjoy a sumptuous dinner, paired perfectly with the finest beer at the popular Joe’s Beerhouse.
This tour is ideal for solo explorers, couples and families looking for an affordable way to discover the treasures of Namibia.
Beverages, gratuities, items of a personal nature, entrance fees, activity packages and optional activities.
Arrival and Departure
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Optional Activity Package
This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours and therefore this itinerary has been written with these items included in the day-by-day itinerary. If you wish to participate in these activities then the Activity Package must be pre-booked with your tour booking.
Transport: An Adventure Truck accommodating a maximum of 20 guests.
Accommodation: Marcuskraal Campsite or similar
Leaving Cape Town this morning, your first stop is at the foot of the Table Mountain where you have some time to admire the magnificence of this mountain and take a few pictures before traveling to the famous Winelands region of the Western Cape to enjoy a wine tasting at one of the local wine farms. Next, you make a stop at the well-known Spice Route which borders the town of Paarl. The Spice Route is an estate that brings together a collection of flavors unique to the Cape Culture – including a beer garden, artworks studio, chocolate makers and coffee makers – to name just a few. No road trip is complete without a stop at a traditional “Padstal”, these small farm stalls dot the byways of South Africa and offer a variety of homemade treats and bakes. The Cederberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush. Indigenous to the mountain slopes of the Cederberg, this herbal beverage has earned an international reputation as a healthy and refreshing alternative to regular tea. A dinner at the camp offers an opportunity for the group to get acquainted while enjoying some authentic South African hospitality.
Accommodation: Felix Unite Cabanas or similar
A new day begins as you bid farewell to the Cederberg valley and head through the Namaqualand where you will encounter your first taste of desert vistas. Continuing the journey north, a
Accommodation: Ai Ais Resort or similar
While the Orange River was named after the Dutch Royal House, in recent times it has been referred to by its original name of Gariep, which simply means “river” in the indigenous
Accommodation: Namibgrens or similar
Every overland journey has some long traveling days and today is one of those as you venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Your destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer us an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west the slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country. The base for the next two nights places you at the doorstep to this desert wonderland.
Accommodation: Namibgrens or similar
You start the day early and enjoy a brisk climb up Dune 45, this landmark dune offers the perfect vantage point to marvel at the endless sea of red sand. Having enjoyed an elevated view of this spectacular landscape you continue deeper into the dune fields, where a 4x4 transfer takes you to the pans of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. The final stop for the day is a late afternoon visit to the Sesriem Canyon, where you explore evidence of a wetter period in the history of this dry land. Tonight as you empty the red sand from our shoes, you reflect on the magic of desert you have explored.
Accommodation: Stay@Swakop or similar
Today you continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilization await. After a final excursion into the desert with a local expert, you travel across the Tropic of Capricorn and continue to the Atlantic coast. You make a brief stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Flamingo’s that feed in the shallows. On arriving in Swakopmund you have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer.
Accommodation: Stay@Swakop or similar
While for many it is the adrenaline fuelled adventures that will grab their attention, Swakopmund offers all that and more. Take the opportunity today to explore the town at your leisure, as there are a number of attractions for every taste. Not to be missed is the selection of famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a delightful range of German-inspired treats. Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a small city and is the perfect launching pad for the journey through the northern reaches of the land.
Accommodation: Igowati or similar.
The massive granite formations of Spitzkoppe tower 700 meters above the desert plains below and the presence of rock art indicates their significance to the San people who lived here many years ago. You will enjoy a walk with a local guide and have the opportunity to view some examples of the San’s rock art before setting off for your overnight stop for the evening.
Accommodation: Opuwo Country Lodge or similar
Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the campfire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand. The income that the tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage. This afternoon you have the opportunity to visit a Himba village and interact with the villagers.
Accommodation: Okakuejo or similar
Rising early this morning head for Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of
Accommodation: Etotongwe or similar
Your second day in Etosha allows another full day to continue your exploration of the park. No day on safari is ever the same and the suspense before that special sighting is the motivation that keeps our eyes wide open. You will exit the park in the late afternoon and head to your accommodation outside the park.
Accommodation: Own arrangements
A last early morning and short game drive to the gate
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